Your objective of blogging may be to generate leads, to increase web traffic, or to raise your profile as an authority. But if you use your blog just to spread your sales messages, cautions kissmetrics.com, you may struggle to find readers.
So, how do you get your sales message across through your blog? This week, my Say It For You posts are devoted to that very question. Here’s what some folks are suggesting:
Kissmetrics: To gain business with your blog you should stop thinking like a salesman and start acting like your reader’s mentor. By providing solid advice on a regular basis, you build authority and trust; and that’s how you win new customers.
B2bleadblog: Automation can help you manage lead nurturing, but you can’t automate trust.
Trust is earned by being helpful, relevant and honest with your prospects. When considering what targeting options to use, you need to know and understand the make-up of the heavy user. Knowing gender and age is only a fraction of the story. You need to also learn about the benefits they seek as well as their motivations for using that particular product or service. Get into the mind of the heavy user. Knowing who they are and what they do every day will help you better decide multiple locations where you should place the message to reach the right consumer and what that message should look like.
Alina Diaz, Center for Sales Strategy: At the end of the day, the marketer is looking to get their message in front of the right audience. Using analytics, pay attention to the characteristics of heavy users.
Jane Sheeba Media of dailyblogging.org:
For online sales, especially through blogs, you should be cautious to provide the information in a logical fashion, addressing all expected concerns from a customer point of view. If the content is provided by careful wording, product images (with front view, top view, left view and right views and other angles) revealing the functional components, there is a great chance to make a sale in the first shot.
For blog content writers, serving up a sales-lite menu can help increase leads that lead to sales.